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My ex-father-in-law left us a few days ago.  Larry Foster was Sabrina Midkiff’s Dad.  He was a real nice man. He always treated me kindly.  I feel for Sabrina this morning.  She lost her Mom earlier this year and now her Dad a few days ago.

8,076 Texas COVID-19 infections reported on Wednesday.

7,915, yesterday.

Gov. Greg Abbott doesn’t want anymore blood on his hands, so he has decided to impose a statewide face mask order.  He thought that early on his fellow Texans would act responsibly.  He gave folks a chance to do the right thing.  I guess he underestimated the number of Texas pandejos out there.

I wonder what Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Cong. Dan Crenshaw and State Rep. Briscoe Cain are thinking? They all went after Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo when she came out with her face mask order a couple of months ago.

From a New York Times story today:

As many as 80 percent of the holiday fireworks displays in large cities and small towns have been canceled because of the pandemic.

Why is H-Town in the 20%?

Commentary doesn’t think the City of H-Town should have the fireworks show tomorrow night.  You know folks are going to violate social distancing guidelines to watch.  In my opinion, the City loses cred in the fight against COVID-19 by displaying the fireworks.  Sigh.

Same thing for the GOP State Convention.  The GOP voted last night to hold their convention in H-Town in a couple of weeks.  Donald Trump and Gov. Greg Abbott have time and time again thwarted our local efforts to fight COVID-19.  The City of H-Town has the power to stop 6,000 folks from gathering indoors in a City owned facility.  Use our GD power.  Double sigh.

Siete Family Foods sent me a Siete Nomadix towel yesterday.  Guess what?  I didn’t know what Nomadix was.  They make their product out of recycled water bottles.  30 recycled water bottles are used to make one towel.  It is recommended for use at the beach, by the pool, camping, boating, and yoga. Cool.

Do you have one?

Alex Bregman hired Scott Boras as his agent.

Have a safe Fourth of July Weekend.

 

Can someone provide Commentary with one productive action Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has taken to combat the pandemic?

This is shocking and hilarious.  Lt. Gov. Patrick on Dr. Anthony Fauci:

“He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.  The only thing I’m skipping over is listening to him.”

Texas reported a record 8,076 COVID-19 infections yesterday.

Only 10 Texas counties out of Texas’ 254 are COVID-19 free.

Methodist bought a full-page ad on the front and back covers of today’s hard copy of the Chron with this message: Stay at Home This July 4th Weekend

People are lining up for hours to get tested here in H-Town.

Galveston and Surfside beaches are closing this weekend.

On May 1, there were 52 COVID-19 infections in my zip code.

On June 22, there were 111.

Today, we are at 208.

11% is our new unemployment rate.

As a write this, Donald Trump is on TV saying the economy is roaring back.  Got it?

Some might find the following story by the Chron’s Dylan McGuinness troubling, concerning, funny or whatever.  Here is how the story starts:

The city on Wednesday revoked the City Hall credentials of Councilmember Letitia Plummer’s brother for taking pictures of council members’ cars and sending them to an activist, who showed them on Facebook in a tirade against those members for failing to support Plummer’s police reform plan last month.

Mayor Pro Tem David Martin said he informed Councilmember Plummer at 4 p.m. Thursday, shortly after the Chronicle published a story about the episode. Several council members had called for the Farouk Plummer’s credentials to be revoked.

Farouk Plummer, who served as an unpaid adviser in his sister’s council office, confirmed that he sent the photos to the activist in an “emotional decision” after the June 10 budget vote, and he said he does not regret doing so. He sent them, he said, to prove that Mayor Sylvester Turner and the council’s other five black members had met privately at City Hall on the weekend before the budget vote. Councilmember Plummer was invited to the meeting but did not attend.

“Yes, there’s no denying that I did it,” Farouk Plummer said. “As a protective brother, I felt some type of way about this, I got to be honest with you. I felt like they were either trying to, A, sabotage her, or B, steal her amendments from her.”

Gerry Monroe, the activist who received and displayed the photos online, since has attacked council members’ political positions and personal lives. He said one female council member “keeps a bunch of nuts in her mouth,” and that he was going to smack another member’s rear.

On Monday, he organized and video-recorded a 3 a.m. protest outside the house of Councilmember Carolyn Evans-Shabazz, in which Monroe and a few other people stood outside her house, yelling for her to wake up.

Councilmember Tiffany Thomas was perturbed enough by Monroe’s video to file a June 11 police report about it and the photos sent to him. Thomas said she does not think the act necessarily was criminal, but she wanted the episode documented in writing in case the situation escalated. The cover sheet of the Houston police report characterizes the complaint as a “possible breach of security.”

“I feel completely betrayed. She was complicit in it and allowed it to happen,” Thomas said of Councilmember Plummer. “I think it’s gone too far, it’s played out, and it needs to stop. You have to turn the page and rebuild trust, but the trust is definitely broken.”

Here the story: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Council-members-want-City-Hall-credentials-of-15380476.php.

Oh, well.

My July Beatles lyrics calendar has “Strawberry Fields Forever”

With:

“Nothing is real
And nothing to get hung about”

The other calendar has a photo of the Beatles from 1967.

MLB put out their power rankings today and have the Astros at number 3.

Let’s see.  Harris County is in a COVID-19 Code Red threat level. We had a record high 6,975 infections in Texas yesterday as well as one of the highest days in the nation during this pandemic.  Dr. Anthony Fauci told congress yesterday that 100,000 infections a day was a possibility and we are still debating this?

It is a no brainer. Commentary is talking about cancelling the upcoming Texas Republican State Convention scheduled for July 16-18 here in H-Town at the George R. Brown Convention Center.  The GOP on the state and federal level for the most part have failed to lead in the fight against COVID-19.  They are the party who refuse to wear masks.  We have the power to protect our own city.  Cancel the GD convention.

Here is from the Trib:

State Rep. Sarah Davis, a Houston-area Republican, said it seemed “incredibly irresponsible” to hold such a large gathering and said she does not plan to attend this year’s event.

“I think it’s a horrible idea to proceed with holding the in-person convention,” Davis told the Tribune on Tuesday. “Houston is the last place we need to have a crowd of 6,000 gathering, given our COVID-19 positivity rate increases.”

Other Republicans, such as state Sen. Bob Hall of Edgewood, have brushed aside such concerns, arguing instead that Texans should return to some sense of normal in an effort to prevent further damage to the economy.

“Canceling the convention sends the exact opposite message that Republicans should be sending,” Hall said in a statement Tuesday. “There is no reason to cancel a gathering that will help unite Republicans behind a limited government platform.”

Here is the entire Trib article: https://www.texastribune.org/2020/06/30/texas-gop-republican-convention/.

Here is from the lead story on the front page of the Chron today:

Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Texas Republican Party began facing calls on Tuesday from elected officials and the country’s largest medical society to cancel the July state Republican convention, which would be one of the city’s first major indoor gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.

Turner swiftly rejected the idea, telling council members that he would “leave it up to the political personalities of the political convention, and the people who are going to be attending, to make wise decisions.”

Yet, a review of the mayor’s recent updates to his COVID-19 executive order shows that he removed his own authority to cancel the convention on Monday.

The order Turner originally issued in March imposing restrictions to stem the spread of COVID-19 was updated June 23 to force cancellation of all events of more than 50 people in city-owned buildings — unless the mayor authorized an exception.

Under an amended order issued Monday, however, Turner had removed that language. Only events permitted through the mayor’s office of special events were to be canceled.

The 50-person cap in the previous version had included “events organized, sponsored or produced by parties under contracts between third parties and the City of Houston or entities managing City of Houston property.” That language appeared to include the convention, as the George R. Brown Convention Center is owned by the city and operated by Houston First Corp., a public nonprofit that serves as the city’s convention arm. Turner thus would have had the authority to cancel the GOP convention, but he stripped that language.

Here is the Chron article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Turner-rejects-calls-to-shut-down-GOP-convention-15377824.php.

Commentary will say it again.  The GOP has been derelict and negligent in dealing with COVID-19.  We can make the right call for them and cancel the convention.  It is a no brainer.

Carl Reiner left us Monday evening.  The younger folks knew him as Saul in the Oceans caper flicks.  He was the creator and lead writer of the 1960s “Dick Van Dyke Show” and played Alan Brady.  I also like him in “The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming”, a 1966 flick that got a Best Picture nomination. He also had a cameo appearance in “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”, which had a ton of well-known stars.  Reiner was a great writer. He was certainly one of the best.

It is July 1 and we have missed 84 regular season games. 45 of them at The Yard.

You Gotta Vote

The first day of Early Voting in Person is in the books.

I caught one of our opponent’s – Penny Shaw – campaign workers violating election distance marker laws.  I took his picture and reported his arse to the County Clerk.  The idiot even tried walking into the polling place wearing his campaign gear.  Dumbsh_t for sure.

Par for the course.  It turns out Shaw has a pretty lackluster voting history.  When she was running for County Commissioner in 2018 on a flood control platform, she failed to vote in the historic $2.5 billion Harris County Flood Bonds special election in August of 2018.  How lame is that?

Remember when we had the big HISD “Recapture” election in May of 2017.  That was when the State of Texas was trying to assign $8 billion of our commercial property for tax purposes to a neighboring school district.  Yep, Shaw didn’t bother to vote.

You gotta show up and vote in my book.

At this point, Gov. Greg Abbott just ought to give the local officials the authority they are requesting.  His way didn’t work.  He needs to just hand it off to the locals.

On a local matter, it is crazy to officially host a mass gathering anytime soon.  The corporation that runs the George R. Brown Convention Center ought to cancel the Texas Republican Convention scheduled for next month.  Forget about how the delegates might feel, what about the venue’s employees.

Now that’s a call we don’t have to ask the Governor to approve.  Do it, please.

If the H-Town Mayor wants to put together a Wall of Shame for violators of the executive orders, have at it.

Some MLB players are deciding to opt out of the short season out of concern for their families.  I don’t blame them.

Early Voting Today

H-Town is a mess.  We are the lead story on national newscasts.

Our leaders and experts have no idea how we will get the virus under control.

Gov. Greg Abbott admits he got it wrong on bar openings, but he won’t give Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo more authority to shut things down.

Judge Hidalgo is now self-quarantining.

The Texas Medical Center is playing games with the public and putting lives on the line.  They are playing politics during a pandemic and have lost Commentary’s respect, big time.

Thanks to Chron reporters Mike Morris and Zach Despart for exposing these bums.

What a mess.

Early Voting in Person for the Primary Runoffs starts today.  Wear a mask if you go vote.

Here is from the Chron E-Board today:

Anna Eastman in primary for Texas House District 148. Her record as an eight-year member of the HISD school board, plus the work she’s done since voters chose to send her to Austin in the January special election, shows she has a firm handle on how to get results for constituents. She has promised to make education one of her top priorities.

This is an interesting story from the Statesman today.  It is a must read for politicos.  Here:

On March 20, days after the coronavirus was declared a pandemic, Gov. Greg Abbott postponed the statewide primary runoff election from May 26 to July 14 out of concern that the original date would result in people congregating in confined spaces in ways that “would threaten the health and safety of many Texans.”

Two weeks of extended early voting for the rescheduled runoff election begins Monday amid an intensified sense of crisis around the spread of COVID-19 and rulings by Texas courts and U.S. Supreme Court that prohibit the general use of voting by mail.

Nonetheless, Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir reports that a huge crush of mail voting requests by those 65 and older, who are automatically eligible to receive mail-in ballots, could foretell an exceptional turnout by runoff standards, and she promises that in-person voting in this novel circumstance is being conducted with extraordinary attention to public health.

“I don’t think we should be voting in person at all, quite frankly, in the middle of a pandemic,” DeBeauvoir, who would have preferred universal vote-by-mail under the circumstance, told the American-Statesman late last week. “Which is why we’re taking all of these extra precautions to try and make voting in person as safe as humanly possible.”

While the pandemic might logically be expected to depress turnout, DeBeauvoir said that in Travis County, the reverse may be the case.

While turnout for runoffs generally runs in single-digits, DeBeauvoir said this time, “it just might get as high as 30%.”

There are a number of high-interest runoffs, both statewide and local, and a separate, coincident special election to replace former state Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, representing Senate District 14, which is open to voters of both parties and does not require that a voter participate in either party’s runoff.

But, more than that, DeBeauvoir said, “I think voters want to vote. I don’t think they care what they vote on. They just want to vote.”

Ordinarily, she said, her office would get 1,000 to 2,000 requests for mail-in ballots for a runoff.

But by Friday, she said, “the levels of by-mail ballot requests we are getting are rivaling presidential levels. The most by-mail requests I’ve ever had for a presidential was 31,000. We already have more than 28,000 in house.”

Of those, she said, 85% are from those 65 and older, and another 12% are those with a disability, the other category that is automatically eligible to vote by mail.

But DeBeauvoir said that an estimated quarter of Travis County voters have disabilities, and that, despite the Texas Supreme Court decision that fear of the coronavirus alone was not sufficient reason to seek a disability ballot, that ruling also made clear that “a voter, using their own health history, can make a determination about their risk of injury to their health if they show up inside a public place.”

If so, they can check the “disability” box on the vote-by-mail request, and return it to her office, no questions asked, because, she said, election administrators do not and, under law, cannot check disability claims.

There is still time for any Travis County voter seeking a mail-in ballot to download the application from the clerk’s website, fill it out, check the appropriate box, sign it and return it to her office as long as it received by Thursday.

Attorney General Ken Paxton has issued warnings that anyone who advises voters that they can vote by mail simply out of fear of COVID-19 can be subject to criminal sanctions.

“Certainly there’s been an effort to make it seem very confusing. It is not confusing at all,” DeBeauvoir said.

“That’s why I am using very carefully picked language,” she said. “That’s why we have decided a voter, using their own health history, can make a determination about their risk of injury to their health if they show up inside a public place.”

Democrats have implored Abbott to use his power to allow any Texan to vote by mail, to no avail.

Last week, Abbott warned Texans the state was facing a “massive outbreak” of COVID-19, advising, “There’s never a reason for you to have to leave your home unless you do need to go out. The safest place for you is at your home.”

Nonetheless, when he was asked about in-person voting in a TV interview Wednesday, Abbott said that, with two weeks of early voting, “everybody’s gonna have an opportunity to go vote in a setting that is not crowded at all.”

“So, my first message to the public is that you can go vote and vote safely by going to vote early. Try to pick times of day when other people likely will not be there, and you will reduce your chances of encountering somebody else,” Abbott said. “The other message, of course, is to, number one, wear a mask, number two, use good hand sanitizing. Take sanitizer with you to use both before and after you vote.”

Early voting begins Monday and runs daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. through July 10, but not on July 3 or 4 because of the federal holiday. There is early voting on July 5.

“There are 20 early voting locations. About half of them are new, larger sites that can accommodate social distancing,” DeBeauvoir said.

“We will not be using any grocery stores this time, so a warning to voters — don’t go on automatic pilot,” she said. “Check the location and pick the one that’s close to you and the County Clerk’s website has page on it that has an app called ‘wait times,’ that you can open on your phone or your laptop, that will look at all 20 early voting locations, and tell you if there’s any kind of a line, with a traffic signal icon — red, yellow, green. If it’s red, it means, don’t go there. If it’s green, it’s smooth sailing.”

Only 10 people at a time, including poll workers, will be allowed in a polling place. DeBeauvoir advises taking an umbrella in case you have to wait outside in the sun.

Voters will be given hand sanitizer on their way in, will use a disposable, hyoallergenic finger cot to use to sign in on a touch screen and a Popsicle stick to make their choices on the voting machines.

“You know the main thing I worry about is I want voters to wear a mask,” DeBeauvoir said. “If you don’t wear a mask you still get to vote, and we’re going to put you as far away from the rest of the voters as we possibly can.”

But, she said, “It is really not OK to show up at an inside polling place without wearing a mask. I don’t care who says what, it is not OK. I realize there for some people, that’s a real inconvenience, but I just think that voting is not the right place to grind your ax.”

DeBeauvoir said she increased staffing for the election from 1,200 to 1,600 people, and along with other safety precautions and the big mail ballot operation, it is costing the county twice what it would have in the past.

“We’re now over $2 million to conduct this election — a little runoff,” she said.

30% turnout for a primary runoff.  She is combining Dems and GOP, plus they have the Senate District 14 Special Election.

I have no idea what will happen in Harris County.  We are in new territory.

California Democrats have a resolution wanting to rename John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California.  The Duke was known for saying some racist sh_t in interviews.  Commentary is not going to defend him.

I know this doesn’t matter, but the Duke was married three times, all to women of color.  A Latina from Panama, a Latina from Peru, and a Spanish American.

My favorite Western of all time is “The Searchers” starring John Wayne.  I first saw it in the 1960s and have seen it numerous times since.  In my personal point of view, it just gave me an awareness of sorts of the racist treatment of Native Americans during that period of our nation’s history.  You have to watch it to understand what I am talking about.

Commentary is certainly not going to say to keep the John Wayne name for the airport because of the movie, but the movie does have cinematic value in a discussion portraying our history.

Just saying.

GOP State Rep. Briscoe Cain tweeted this yesterday:

If I owned a bar, I would open it.

What an idiot.

S.E. Cupp tweeted this last night:

What’s the movie you just watch over and over again, just because it’s on, to fall asleep or when you’re sick?

Princess Bride

Apollo 13

Mission: Impossible

I tweeted her mine:

Godfather I & II

Wizard of Oz

Mama Mia

Notting Hill

Serendipity

Armageddon

Deep Impact

Saving Private Ryan

Princess Bride

To name a few.

I could have also added:

The Notebook

The Searchers

Blazing Saddles

The Astros named their pool of players they will use if there is a 60 games season.

5,996 new infections in Texas yesterday.  A new record. Sigh.

The H-Town skyline shot from Allen Parkway led off the “Today” show this morning.  The “Today” lead story was about H-Town and Texas in a pandemic crisis.

Texas GOP leaders love to brag and take credit on Texas stuff when things are going great.  Ask Gov. Greg Abbott or any other Texas GOP bigwig or GOP leader if the Texas Governor should take responsibility for what is going wrong with Texas today.

We are circling the drain.  Mandate masks.  Scale back the reopening.

Gov. Abbott has certainly botched this.  He and only he is to blame.

Sheldon ISD is in Harris County.  Parents were surveyed about kids returning to campuses this Fall.  Half of the parents said they weren’t having their children return right now.

From today’s Chron:

Editorial: We recommend Anna Eastman in the Democratic runoff in state House District 148

In the few months since Anna Eastman was elected to represent House District 148 as a state representative in a special runoff election in January, she has quickly gotten her feet wet.

Despite opposition from some nearby residents, she wrote a crucial letter in support of tax credits for two mixed-income housing developments in the Heights area. Without this type of leadership, affordable housing will remain concentrated in a few neighborhoods. On the more mundane but no less important end of bureaucracy, she says her office has helped constituents navigate unemployment claims with the Texas Workforce Commission.

We can also look at her record of eight years on the Houston ISD board of trustees, where she proved herself smart and committed to progressive policies. That record of accomplishment earned our endorsement in the special election to replace longtime State Rep. Jessica Farrar, a Democrat who stepped down after 25 years. In fact, voters in this district will have seen Eastman on the ballot four times since November.

Eastman, whose HISD district included 75 percent of District 148, told the editorial board that education would be one of her priorities.

“My big three issues — education, common sense gun legislation and health care — haven’t changed,” she said while noting that in light of COVID-19, mass unemployment and protests against racial injustice “the priorities around them become more urgent. With the budget shortfalls we are sure to have, doing everything we can to maintain the education funding investments we made last session will be difficult but an urgent priority.”

She also stresses the need to accept Medicaid expansion dollars from the federal government while making sure reproductive health and abortions are not categorized as elective, and restricted as they were at the start of the pandemic.

Nice.

Early Voting in Person for the primary runoffs begins on Monday, June 29.  There will be 57 Early Voting locations.

On Election Day, Tuesday, July 14, there will be 109 voting locations.

The Astros told the Chron yesterday that refunds to season ticket holders would be available if asked.

Got it?

Have a safe weekend and wear a mask.

My niece, actually great-niece, Abby Martinez, graduated from Alexander High School from Laredo’s United ISD last night and she took a knee during the National Anthem.  How strong is that?

Abby’s Mom, Linda Garza, is my niece. My sister, Aida’s oldest.  Part of the #SieteFamilyFoods.  Linda is also a kickarse attorney.

Commentary has not spent that much time over the years with Abby, but I always found her to be smiling and engaging. Last I was told, Abby will be attending St. Edwards in Austin.

Congrats, Abby!  You made us all extra proud last night.

5,551 infections in Texas yesterday.  On “Today” this morning, they said H-Town was the epicenter of Texas.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and the H-Town Mayor have been doing what they can.  We’ve been let down by Gov. Greg Abbott’s timidity, indecisiveness and inaction. We re-opened too soon.

Commentary is thinking it is time to shut it down again or impose stronger penalties for those not wearing masks.

Cong. Joaquin Castro tweeted this yesterday:

Texas @GovAbbott yesterday: “The safest place for you is at your home.”

So are you going to let us vote from the safest place, too? And when are you going to stick up for Texas and ask @realDonaldTrump why he’s cutting funding for our tests?

Commentary is kind of tired about talking about this because nobody takes me seriously.  Gov. Abbott has already given the green light on voting by mail using the disability excuse for those under 65 years of age.  State Rep. Anna Eastman’s Campaign had our mail ballot application reviewed by Abbott’s Secretary of State.  How many times does Commentary have to tell folks that?  Heck, I even displayed copies of the application in my tweets.

If Democrats really want to do this, go on ahead and use Rep. Eastman’s application as a template.  Just run it by your county elections administrator first.

From the Chron:

Mayor Sylvester Turner on Wednesday announced the appointment of 45 people to a task force that will review Houston Police Department policies in what will be a closely-watched effort to consider reforms.

And his:

The launch of the working group was met with skepticism by some activists, who argued the city has studied the issue thoroughly in the past and that it is time for action.

“We believe it when we see it. Because we’ve never seen it,” said Tarsha Jackson, an advocate who formerly was the criminal justice director for the Texas Organizing Project.

And finally this:

Ashton Woods, the founder of Black Lives Matter Houston, said the mayor excluded a lot of grass-roots activists.

“As I thought, THIS task force is full of people WHO ALREADY HAD POWER to change things,” Woods said on Twitter. “Besides a couple of people who do real work, I have ZERO faith that things will change. Another empty gesture.”

Here is the entire read: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/politics/houston/article/Turner-announces-45-member-task-force-to-consider-15364168.php.

Now you know.

The states of Connecticut, New Jersey and New York are imposing a quarantine for folks coming in from the heavily COVID-19 infected states like Florida and Texas.  If Florida doesn’t get their act together, it could prove to be a dilemma of sorts for MLB.

Under the new schedule, AL and NL same geographic divisions will play against each other.  Meaning, the Marlins and Rays from Florida, will play the Mets and the Yankees.   If Florida is still a mess in late July when the season is supposed to start, what’s the plan for the Rays and Marlins if they are scheduled to go to New York?  Will the Mets and Yankees be allowed to go to Florida.

Like Commentary said yesterday, I will believe it when I see it.

I got this from the team today:

If fan attendance is allowed at games at any point during the new 2020 regular season or postseason, Season Ticket Holders whose accounts are in good standing for the 2021 season will be given priority access to individual game tickets.

Sure.

The 60 Game Season

My Democratic Party Precinct Chair left us a couple of days ago.  Max Beauregard was a great Democrat.  Precinct 57, the Heights High School neighborhood.

Texas reported 5,489 new COVID-19 infections yesterday – a record.

This is what Gov. Greg Abbott had to say:

“We want to make sure everyone reinforces the best safe practices of wearing a mask, hand sanitation, maintaining safe distance, but importantly, because the spread is so rampant right now, there’s never a reason for you to have to leave your home unless you need to go out. The safest place for you is at your home.”

I don’t know what to say.  He has the power to do more, a lot more.  It is absolutely mind boggling that he won’t use his power.

Everyone knows the Kung plus the flu words combined is racist.  Even Kellyanne Conway says it is racist.  Donald Trump used the racist term again last night and the silence from GOP leaders across the country is, well, sadly expected.  What a racist accepting GOP.

I will believe it when I see it.  Commentary is talking about MLB actually playing games. Here is from MLB.com:

MLB has submitted a 60-game regular-season schedule for review by the Players Association. In order to mitigate travel, the schedule would include 10 games for each team against its four divisional opponents, along with 20 games against the opposite league’s corresponding geographical division (for example, the AL East will play the NL East, and so on).

Games with the usual suspect including the Angels, A’s, Mariners and Rangers.  Plus, the D-Backs, Dodgers, Giants, Padres and Rockies.  No Red Sox or Yankees.

More than our fair share of 9 pm starts.  The West Coast thing.

I will believe it when I see it.

Remember when Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said the following about 12 days ago and some ridiculed and skewered her:

“I am growing increasingly concerned that we may be at the precipice of a disaster.”

Here is what Gov. Greg Abbott said yesterday:

“COVID-19 is now spreading at an unacceptable rate in the state of Texas, and it must be corralled.”

Here is what the H-Town Mayor said yesterday:

“We are moving very fast and we are moving very fast in the wrong direction.”

Here is the latest from Dr. Peter Hotez, also from yesterday:

“If the numbers continue to accelerate, we could be looking at a situation that resembles New York City or some cities in Brazil.”

If you ask Commentary, Judge Hidalgo was like a week and a half ahead of the Governor, Mayor and Doctor.

Of course, we know why folks aren’t going after the fellas for what they said yesterday.

Commentary wishes folks would quit treating her like a 29-year old Latina Harris County Judge.

Show her some respect.  Show the office some respect.

In fact, show her respect.  Show the office respect.

She is trying to save my life and yours.

Here is what the Chron E-Board starts off with today in talking about Gov. Abbott:

The emperor has no mask.

And here is the last line:

Governor, your attempts to dress up this disaster aren’t fooling anybody — least of all the virus.

Here is the entire read:  https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Editorial-The-emperor-has-no-mask-Abbott-s-15358493.php.

Here is the deal.  Early on, Gov. Abbott was trying to please Donald Trump. The problem these days is that Trump has COVID-19 in the rearview mirror and Abbott is left holding the bag.  Abbott is lucky there are leaders like Judge Hidalgo trying to clean up his mess.

Commentary is not going to get all worked up about MLB and the players not agreeing to a deal to play.  I am not going to call one side out over the other as greedy with no concern about us, the fans.  I am just not.

MLB, like the NBA, WNBA, NFL, NHL and MLS are different from the PGA, LPGA, NASCAR and Indy.  The team sports involve physical contact, often times, hard hitting contact.  Can’t say that about golfing and racing.

The USA is one of the worst at handling COVID-19.  No argument there.  Leadership has failed us across the nation.  This COVID-19 is everywhere.

If we were just dealing with the run of the mill labor dispute, yeah, have at, butcher the owners or players.  This time we are dealing with a dispute on how to play during the mother of all pandemics in my lifetime.  I am going to cut them some slack.  Don’t give me any sh_t either.  My 2020 season tickets are paid for in full.  My money is sitting in the Astros bank account.

Stay safe and wear a mask.

Masks for Us

First things first.  Happy Birthday to Marisol Valero!  She is one of my favorite people.  She’s smart.  She speaks here mind.  She is good at her work.  She is one of the better political folks I have had the pleasure of working with.  I have known Marisol for 13 years now.  She is now married and has a little girl.  She is also State Rep. Anna Eastman’s Chief of Staff.  Have a nice one today, Marisol!

Gov. Greg Abbott is having a press conference today and the Houston Chronicle isn’t invited to attend.  We are only the largest city in the state and our newspaper can’t attend during a pandemic?  Harris County and H-Town lead the state in infections, and the Chron can’t attend.  The fella has a small mind.  He’s petty.  Maybe he’s figured out he’s not doing so well on leading us through the pandemic.

A couple or so weeks ago I checked in on infections in my home zip code.  We were in the mid-60s.  Today we are at 111.

Starting today, here in Harris County we have to mask up if we go to a business establishment with a few exceptions.  It is mandatory thanks to our Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo. There will be some dumbarses and knuckleheads who will defy because they are sh_theads.  It is a good thing because we are not making progress reducing infections.

Tulsa officials said around 6,200 attended the Donald Trump rally Saturday night.  I learned something after Saturday night.  Not all Trump supporters are dumbsh_ts.  They stayed at home to avoid COVID-19.  Good for them.

The Trump campaign manager can spin the attendance thing anyway which way and forever.  The fact is, they went through the process of constructing an outside venue that they thought was going to be used for the expected overflow crowd. They wrongly predicted.  Spin it all you want.

The smartest guy at the rally was the fella sitting by himself way up in the upper deck.

The Trump brand is not what it used to be.

Democrats had a pretty good week last week.

SCOTUS handed the LGBTQ community a win last week by ruling that they could not be fired from their job for being LGBTQ.

DACA is still around thanks to SCOTUS.

Then we got to watch Texas GOP leaders go after the Empower Texans guys who got caught on a hot mic saying some bad things about Gov. Greg Abbott.

Here is the deal.  That’s the culture they have created.  That’s the culture that Donald Trump is leading and stoking these days.

I laughed most of Friday when Texas GOP leader after Texas GOP leader tweeted out condemnations at the Empower folks.  My biggest laugh came when the Texas House Speaker put out his sanctimonious take.  Oh, brother.

Donald Trump says outrageous and offensive crap on a daily basis and all of the same Texas GOP leaders who tweeted on Friday are silent.    The latest.  120,000 folks are dead from COVID-19 here in the USA and Trump says he slowed down the testing.  Silence.  Bunch of wimps in my book.

I don’t see how the NBA and MLB think they can have a season with a plan that includes the state of Florida.  Someone just called COVID-19 the official disease of Florida.

Through yesterday, we have missed 76 regular season games. 39 of them at The Yard.